Internships are often the best option for you because you want to get a feel for work without being thrown into the deep end straight away and this provides you with the opportunity to learn and grow. Here are a few reasons you should take the internship and feel great about your decision:
The best experience that comes from taking an internship is you get to do a bit of everything! You get to see and experience the different roles that people play in certain companies and see working life from different perspectives. This is good to take into the working world with you because at times, you will be asked to do various tasks involving different elements of the company.
People will be watching over you and working closely with you on projects so that you have someone to look up to and a goal to work towards. Perhaps you will learn new skills from these people and new things about the industry and life that you didn’t know before. Communication and interaction are key so ask plenty of questions and don’t be afraid to propose new ideas!
Recruiters want to see that you’ve gone the extra mile and have the passion and drive to acquire skills and experiences outside of the classroom. To combat this, many graduates are undertaking not just one but multiple internships, giving them a wide range of skills and experience of multiple companies and departments, all of which appeals to potential recruiters.
An internship allows you to take time to understand your role, tasks and the industry. Internships want you to leave knowing more than you came with, and this is most likely the outcome. Take this opportunity to understand each task you are given and every new tool you use. Write things down, ask questions and do things repeatedly to make sure you are doing everything with 100% effort.
Whether it be public speaking, giving presentations or simply suggesting new ideas, internships will build your confidence which allows you to grow as both a worker and a person. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, so make sure you don’t cross it because no one likes an arrogant worker! Internships will help you to build confidence through practice which will also help in your personal growth.
Serious internships are usually for 3-6 months. This allows you to get a feel for different industries in a small period of time. If you spend 3 months in PR then 3 months in marketing, you get to know the difference in content, how they work and why they work. This will help in your overall career path if you are unsure of what to do in the future, or are stuck between 2 options. You also pick up a wider variety of skills when working in different industries which can make you more attractive to employers and hiring managers!
References can help get your foot in the door of a company. Having a reference adds weight to your application, backing up your claims of skills and experience. Don’t leave a company without at least asking for at least one reference, try and get a few. It’s true that some people don’t like to do it but the majority of your colleagues/managers will be happy to help because they remember there was a time that they needed help too.